#HumanRights | With Mohamd Tabbaa
The term “Human Rights” is a very positive term to use while opposing injustice or oppression, we also celebrated the document coined globally in 1948 that is known as the International Declaration of Human Rights.
Questions must be asked though about how universal these articles of human rights are. Is it accurate to call it a “universal declaration”? Has it succeeded in highlighting and therefore giving power to people’s rights as human beings?
There have been many examples of voices that had a problem with the formulation of the language and articles of what we know now as human rights, here is one by Dr Riffat Hassan
“What needs to be pointed out to those who uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be the highest, or sole, model, of a charter of equality and liberty for all human beings, is that given the Western origin and orientation of this Declaration, the “universality” of the assumptions on which it is based is – at the very least – problematic and subject to questioning. Furthermore, the alleged incompatibility between the concept of human rights and religion in general, or particular religions such as Islam, needs to be examined in an unbiased way.”
Mohamad Tabbaa is a PhD candidate in Law and Criminology at the University of Melbourne. He currently researches issues of discrimination against Muslim minority groups in the West – particularly in Australia.
Along with brother Tabbaa (visiting us in our Sydney studios) We will discuss the meanings, explicit and implicit of the terms Human and Rights in today’s reality, and how that affects us in Australia and the world today.
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